ISRAEL AND JEWS ARE AT WAR AND MUST HAVE A LEADERSHIP OF STRUGGLE OR HOLOCAUST WILL ENSUE

Stephen Lendman is full of hatred for Israel. He is a member of the phony left which has swallowed the Arab lies and who bases his politics on the lying narrative of the Palestinian Arabs. There is no doubt about this, but sadly the Palestinian Arab narrative is what holds sway in the world today, because ours is an epoch of lies.

 

It is noticeable that Lendman operates the same big lie technique of Hitler. Often as you see when he deals with MK Danon he simply repeats the position of Danon. Places the position of Danon down on paper, in his article, as if it did not need to be replied to.

 

Lendman is representative of this phony left, which has swallowed the lies of the Palestinian Arab narrative. In its essence it is a denial of the Holocaust, it is Holocaust Denial. remember Abbas gained his doctorate in a thesis which denied the Holocaust, and the roots of the Arab palestinians are in the Holocaust of Hajj Amin el Husseini.

 

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In any case Lendman has written:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill

Israeli West Bank Annexation Bill – by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians petitioned the UN for sovereign recognition and full UN membership.

 

Four extremist MKs responded, calling for West Bank settlements annexed. A previous article explained, accessed through the following link:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/09/calls-to-annex-west-bank-settlements.html

 

MK Deputy Speaker Danny Danon wants more.

 

On September 27, the JTA Global News Service of the Jewish People headlined, “Knesset to vote on annexing the West Bank,” saying:

 

On September 27, Danon said the Knesset will “take up the bill, which he authored, at the end of October.”

 

It includes rescinding Israeli/PA financial obligations established by prior agreements. According to Danon:

 

“If the Palestinian Authority wishes to proceed on this reckless path and bring further instability to the region, Israel cannot continue to pour funds into this sinking ship of failed leadership.”

 

“The funding agreements with the PA were reached with the hope that their leaders would work to create an environment of lasting peace and security with Israel. Given that it is clear that the Palestinians have no such desire, Israel must no longer be required to stand by these arrangements.”

 

Palestinians, of course, want and deserve what Israel denied them for 63 years after stealing their homeland violently. Using long ago discredited arguments, Danon and others like him think Israel has a divine right to their land.

 

Growing millions globally disagree, including Israeli Jews and others everywhere able to distinguished (sic) between right and wrong.

 

Danon said his bill nullifies Oslo, stating:

 

“All obligations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as established by international agreements….will be considered null and void.”

 

Oslo, of course, was a Palestinian Versailles, benefitting Israel, not them. Sovereign recognition and full UN membership are first steps to reversing unilateral surrender.

 

Representative Joe Walsh (R. IL) is as hardline as Danon. On September 8, he introduced HR 394:

 

“Supporting Israel’s right to annex Judea and Samaria (the West Bank and Jerusalem) in the event that the Palestinian Authority continues to press for unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.”

 

He didn’t address if that would make them Israeli citizens, subhuman serfs to be exploited, or illegal infiltrators on Israeli land, subject to arbitrary expulsion.

 

Nor did consider what right he, others in Washington, or outsiders anywhere have to meddle in internal Palestinian affairs. America, of course, long ago refined it to an art form, attested to by mass global deaths, destruction and human misery.

 

Walsh also introduced HR 2457: Palestinian Accountability Act:

 

“To restrict funds for the Palestinian Authority, and for other purposes.”

 

In other words, obey or we’ll cut off your allowance. Coming with strings, it’s less aid than bondage to do what we say or we’ll spank you with more than harsh words.

 

On September 27, Turkish Prime Minister proposed a different solution than Walsh and hardline MKs. On September 27, Haaretz headlined, “Erdogan: UN sanctions on Israel could aid Mideast peace process,” saying:

 

Sanctions “would have resolved the issue of Mideast peace long ago….adding that he felt the Quartet(‘s)” proposal fell far short of resolving the longstanding Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

 

Through today, he said, “the UN Security Council has issued more than 89 resolutions on prospective sanctions related to Israel, but they’ve never been executed….One might” ask why?

 

“When it’s Iran in question, you impose sanctions. Similarly with Sudan. What happens with Israel then.”

 

If sanctioned, the “conflict would have been resolved long ago.” As a result, he believes the Quartet has no interest in resolution. “Unfortunately, I do not even see (its) traces within the Quartet. Because if (it) was so willing to resolve this issue, (it) would have imposed certain issues on Israel today.”

 

Of course, strained Turkey/Israeli relations place both countries on opposite sides of various issues, including Palestinian statehood.

 

Despite the Quartet’s anti-Palestinian UN membership proposal, Haaretz headlined, “Israel’s cabinet fails to reach consensus on Quartet plan for talks with Palestinians,” saying:

 

Netanyahu “and the eight senior cabinet members were unable to (agree on) the Quartet’s initiative for renewed talks between Israel and the Palestinians.”

 

Despite Netanyahu’s support, consensus so far isn’t reached. Meanwhile, Security Council deliberations continue on and off behind closed doors.

 

Reports disagree on whether Palestinians have nine needed votes to force a US veto. Haaretz said UN sources say Washington has enough support to avoid a it (sic).

 

EU representatives acted like Joe Walsh to a degree, telling PA officials they risk losing European aid by acting “unilaterally.”

 

On September 28, Haaretz headlined, “Palestinian statehood bid to be reviewed by UN committee,” saying:

 

On Wednesday, the Security Council “unanimously agreed to hand the Palestinian application to join the United Nations to a committee” for review.

 

Normally, it takes “a maximum of 35 days, but Western diplomats say that this limit can be waived and might take much longer….”

 

In other words, delay, obstruct, and consign Palestinian membership to memory hole oblivion. It’s simple to get around it through the General Assembly, whether or not the Security Council provides support.

 

It recommends. The General Assembly alone admits new members provided Abbas goes that route properly.

 

A Final Comment

 

{At this point Lendman goes into his false narrative, a false narrative that is essentially a continuation of the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews, and is preparing the ground for a new Holocaust of the Jews}

 

{I warn my readers that it is quite impossible to answer lendman point by point in such articles as this. The whole of the Palestinian Arab narrative is based on forms of Nazi Goebbels type lies. It has to be answered in a different way}

 

 

Palestinians have always been on their own since Britain’s 1917 Balfour Declaration, promising a Jewish homeland in Palestine. It included a hollow one to indigenous Palestinians that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities.”

 

During its Mandate period, they were systematically denied until losing them in 1948, then entirely in 1967. Israel was born in the original sin of mass slaughter and forced expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians, wanting only to live in peace on their own land.

 

With full backing from Washington and Western states, Palestinians never got justice. Israel operates outside the law with impunity. Peace process conflict resolution never existed and doesn’t now.

 

Palestinians understand and want official sovereign recognition and full UN membership. In 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its 1988 Declaration of Independence.

 

Through the 1950 Uniting for Peace Resolution 377, full UN membership is obtainable if Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad want it. A simple two-thirds General Assembly majority gets it.

 

On the Progressive Radio News Hour to air October 2, Boyle said the 170 nations support it, according to the Financial Times. If all 193 UN members vote, 129 are needed.

 

According to Boyle, if Abbas petitions the General Assembly under Resolution 377, full UN membership can be gotten in two weeks, making Palestine the body’s 194th member.

 

Despite enormous Washington/Israeli pressure to back down, what Palestinians have wanted for 63 years is within easy reach. It’s for Abbas and Fayyad now to follow through for them.

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

As I said above, Lendman cannot be answered in a blog article like this. It must be approached in a different way and in any case we have learned from the antisemites on groups such as Palestinian Solidarity that the anti-Semites (Israel haters) keep changing the argument as they go along

 

 

This is where 4international comes in. We stand in the revolutionary socialist traditions of Leon Trotsky and we also stand from that standpoint of revolutionary socialism, which today is Trotskyism, for the defense of the Jewish people against a new Holocaust.

 

 

4international has repeatedly said that Israel must become totally independent from American Imperialism, it must destroy Fatah and Hamas, and it must strike independently against the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

Those are the key issues.

How can that be done and therefore how can Lendman be given his answer?

 

I start from the basis of understanding that anti-Semitism did not end in 1945 but that the 1948 war was clearly genocidal against the Jews

 

Notice how Lendman simply rewrites this history. You see there is no arguing with Lendman. This phony left is simply based on a narrative of lies.

 

The answer to these lies can be found elsewhere, essentially in a combination of theory and practice.

 

Yesterday we wrote on the keu issue of power, specifically state power:

 

The issue is a question of state power. There must be a new party created and it must not only lead in the above, very urgently, but it must also take possession of the Haaretz presses and must use these presses to create a new Jewish paper for the masses of Jews and Israelis, based on telling the truth. 

IF JEWS DO NOT TAKE CONTROL OF THE ISRAELI STATE APPARATUS FROM THEIR ENEMIES THEY WILL CERTAINLY SUFFER A NEW HOLOCAUST. THAT IS THE CENTRAL ISSUE.

 

The issue of Haaretz… Which is quoted every day by the anti-Semites of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, is central, because it is also the issue of parties in Israel which are anti-Semitic, one of these being the Israeli Labour Party, another being the group around the Israeli Stalinists, misnamed as communists.

 

And with Haaretz is the Israeli High Court system which prevents Israel from defense.

 

The reality that faces Jews is that they are in a situation of war, and this war is a war on their part of self-defense.

For example Turkish Erdogan simply lies and lies and these lies are part of the war and preparation for a new Holocaust. The Mavi Marmora was boarded by Israeli soldiers armed with paint guns. Only in self-defense did the soldiers fire any side arms. Erdogan, like Hitler and Goebbels, simply does not care about facts.

 

In this situation of war Israel must have a party at its head which disregards formal bourgeois democracy. Israel needs a democracy of a people in war, in a fight to prevent a Holocaust

 

That means closing down this reactionary Israel High Court system, closing Harretz, and many other such measures.

 

The issue of foreign policy is absolutely central. Take Libya. Israel under such a party would send its soldiers into Libya in order to fight on the side of Muammar Gadhafi, despite past differences, because first it is the massacre (which is happening as we write) of the pro Gadhafi Tuareg, next it is massacre of the Jews of Israel in a new Holocaust.

 

Leadership! Leadership! Leadership!

 

Israel and Jews must have a leadership of struggle, and we will never allow 4international to be silenced!

 

 

THE BETRAYAL OF LIBYA BY GELLER AND SPENCER SHOWS THAT THE FORCES TO DEFEND ISRAEL WILL EVENTUALLY COME FROM THE LEFT

NOT A WORD ABOUT NATO IN LIBYA BY PAMELA GELLER AND ATLAS SHRUGS. GELLER HAS LOST IT ON THIS ISSUE. DITTO WITH ROBERT SPENCER ON JIHADWATCH. TED BELMAN VERY BELATEDLY IS TRYING TO ADDRESS THE THREAT TO ISRAEL FROM NATO’S MURDER CAMPAIGN IN LIBYA. TED IS A JEWISH PATRIOT DESPITE HIS ATROCIOUS RELIANCE ON US IMPERIALISM.

 

IN LOOKING AT THE POLITICAL POSITION OF STEPHEN LENDMAN THESE 2 THINGS NEED TO BE KEPT IN MIND

 

1. THE SO CALLED “LEFT2 TODAY ARE A BUNCH OF ANTISEMITES AND SO IS LENDMAN. COMES OUT IN EVERYTHING ABOUT HIS SITE, NOT LEAST HIS GUESTING OF GILAD ATZMON ON HIS RADIO HOUR

 

2. YET LENDMAN HAS TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MURDEROUS ROLE OF OBAMA, CAMERON/HAGUE, AND SARKOZY WITH THEIR NATO IN LIBYA. SPENCER AND GELLER THE GREAT ANTI JIHADISTS HAVE BEEN HIDING IT, SINCE THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY SHRILLS FOR THE US P[OWER MACHINE

 

THEREIN LIES THE CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP TODAY. THE LEFT MUST FACE DOWN NATO/UN/HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH/SOROS ET AL. AND AS IT DOES THIS, UNLIKE LENDMAN, THE LEFT MUST SEE THAT THE HOLOCAUST DID NOT FINISH IN 1945, AND THE NARRATIVE OF THE “PALESTINIANS” SERVES TO FINISH THE HOLOCAUST OF THE JEWS

 

ONLY 4INTERNATIONAL CAN CARRY THIS OUT

 

I AM PUBLISHING 2 ARTICLES BY LENDMAN, PLACING THEM SIDE BY SIDE HERE. ONE SHOWS HIS CORRECT ANALYSIS TOWARDS NATO IN LIBYA. THE SECOND SHOWS LENDMAN TO BE ANTISEMITIC (QUITE APART FROM HIS GUESTING OF ATZMON)

 

ARTICLE 1

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NATO’s Planned Bloodbath in Tripoli

 

NATO’S Planned Bloodbath In Tripoli – by Stephen Lendman

NATO intends to get the bloodbath it wants through intensified terror bombing and low-level strafing of civilians and nonmilitary sites.

No matter that it grossly violates international and constitutional law, what Washington-led member states long ago trashed.

Through August 22, air operations included 19,877 sorties and 7,505 strike ones, with no elaboration of their intensity or deadliness. What is known is that powerful, high-explosive munitions are used, able to cause deadly force casualties and destruction.

In recent days, strikes intensified. Without them, rebels would disintegrate and collapse. Most of them are little more than ragtag mercenary hooligans, imperial tools, used for what won’t benefit them.

It’s largely true of all wars, especially America’s waged for conquest, dominance, plunder and exploitation, never for democracy or humanitarian reasons Washington doesn’t give a damn about and never did.

NATO is no different. Established in April 1949, a previous article said it calls itself a “political and military alliance for peace and security.”

In fact, it was more for offense than defense. Cold War hysteria was contrived to incite fear and assure an arms race for corporate enrichment. Napoleon once said, “Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest.”

Until the Soviet Union dissolved, communism was the alleged enemy. Today it’s terrorism, as bogus now as then. Both, however, were used for hugely profitable imperial wars from Korea to Libya to numerous proxy ones, as well as trillions of dollars for military readiness – in fact, scandalous amounts in America without enemies for justification since WW II.

Strategically intervening under US control, NATO, in fact, threatens world peace and human survival. In November 2010, Robert Griffiths, general secretary of Britain’s Communist Party (CPB) said:

Under NATO, “(a) global military and reconnaissance infrastructure is being created to support US, British and western European big business interests, especially energy, financial and armaments monopolies.” What began “as a cold war provocation against a non-existent Soviet threat (now) invent(s) or exaggerat(es) threats from so-called failed or rogue states, Islamic fundamentalism and cyber-terrorism.”

Petre Ignat, general secretary of the New Communist Party of Romania, called for NATO’s disbandment, saying:

“We cannot and will not recognize such a murderous alliance, with such a horrible track record….which includes the murder of thousands of innocent civilians in places like Bosnia, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. We cannot and will not recognize an alliance which, through its aggressive policy of expanding East and setting up new military bases there, through its gross interference in other countries’ internal affairs, through its gross violation of international law, can only increase the likelihood of an inter-imperialist war between Western imperialism and emerging capitalist powers, like Russia.”

Its original member countries included America, the five (1948) Treaty of Brussels states (Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Canada, Portugal, Italy, Denmark and Iceland. It’s now expanded to 28 states and dozens of partners, threatening world peace and stability.

Membership, however, is a bonanza for Western and Israeli weapons industries as current members and entering states must maintain modern arsenals to state-of-the art readiness, despite no enemies except ones Washington creates to wage wars.

Today, Libya is Exhibit A for NATO lawlessness, attacking a nonbelligerent country for colonization, dominance and plunder, not liberation. Libyans resolve to resist, doing what they can despite ferocious air attacks.

On August 22, government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said Sunday casualties included 1,300 killed, another 5,000 or more wounded. Local hospitals can’t keep up, yet casualties mount as street fighting continues.

The Australian AP quoted Hugo Chavez denouncing NATO’s war, saying:

Western powers are “destroying Tripoli with their bombs,” while street clashes continue. He added that bombs are “falling on schools, hospitals, workplaces, and farmland.”

“Let’s pray to God for the Libyan people….They’re practically demolishing Tripoli with their bombs” to take over another country. “It’s the excuse to intervene and seize (it) and its riches.”

Independent journalists on the ground are threatened and targeted. They’ve also been confined to their hotel, knowing exposure risks being shot by snipers. They’re marked men and women, making it essential they get help to leave. It’s too unsafe to stay.

In a morning email, Lizzie Phelan said:

“I am extremely exhausted, confused, a little scared, and I was feeling a little nervous about making the necessary political points (on Press TV live with this writer Monday morning) because of the present situation.”

Nonetheless, she felt buoyed being on air with a friend and supporter. She called it “massively reassuring and a timely reminder amidst my exhaustion of what we are fighting for.”

She also highlighted the death and injury toll. In the past two days alone, it surpassed Israel’s three-week Cast Lead slaughter. Moreover, much more is likely, besides the last six months toll, ravaging populated Libyan areas without letup.

What greater reason to indict NATO as a killing machine, a destructive US-led evil force everyone needs to understand, condemn, and struggle to abolish.

As long as this monster exists, no one anywhere is safe!

On August 21, Voltaire Network’s Thierry Meyssan headlined, “NATO carnage in Tripoli,” reporting on what he witnessed firsthand, saying:

On August 20, NATO launched “Operation Mermaid Dawn.”

“The Sirens were the mosque loud speakers which were used to launch Al Qaeda’s call to revolt against the Gaddafi government. Immediately ‘sleeper cells’ went into action. Organized in small, highly mobile, groups, they carried out multiple attacks.”

The overnight toll left about 350 killed, another 3,000 wounded. Early Sunday, conditions stabilized ahead of greater evening violence, supported by NATO drones, other aircraft, and “helicopters straf(ing) civilians in the streets with machine guns to clear the way for the jihadis.”

Ahead of the attacks, “a NATO warship….anchored just off the shore of Tripoli, delivering heavy weapons and debarking Al Qaeda jihadi forces, which were led by NATO officers.”

The Rixos hotel where Meyssan, other independent journalists, and Western ones stay came “under heavy fire.” By evening, another 1,300 dead and 5,000 wounded were reported. The toll keeps mounting.

UN Resolution 1973 empowering NATO to protect Libyans, in fact, facilitated their slaughter.

Heavy fighting is reported in Tripoli. Independent journalists are threatened with death, supported by NATO and rogue Western journalists. They’re known, so if exposed outside, they face execution. Mahdi Nazemroaya had a near miss. Franklin Lamb was wounded in the leg. He’s OK and recovering.

Nazemroaya said he “was putting up a sign on top of (his) hotel. (He) took the initiative to do that and write ‘Press’ (on it) – and a sniper shot at” him.

Other than during NATO bombing and strafing, he believes Libyans will fight to defend their country. The possibility of being NATO ruled is too intolerable to accept.

It’s an exploitive killing machine, wanting Libyans exploited, not liberated. At 5PM Monday Tripoli time, Franklin Lamb told Press TV that large explosions were heard nearby, likely 1,000-pound bombs, he believed.

On August 22, Nazemroaya’s Global Research.ca article headlined, “Western Media Complicit in NATO’s ‘Humanitarian Bloodbath,’ ” saying:

He and other foreign journalists are trapped in their hotel “as practically all the staff and security personnel have run for their lives.”

Calling the situation “critical,” he expected “the next several hours (to) be decisive.”

Despite ongoing intense NATO bombing and strafing civilians, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brazenly called conditions in Libya “a hopeful moment,” shamelessly calling on Gaddafi to cease fighting and surrender.

A NATO tool, he opposes his right of self-defense, adding that he’ll tried by the International Criminal Court. In fact, it’s an imperial tribunal, a hanging one, convicting by accusation. At the same time, it absolves Western war criminals entirely, solely targeting their victims.

Nazemroaya said NATO’s using “Yugoslavian” tactics against Libya, “bombing out military and civil infrastructure to clear the way for the rebels.”

“NATO (heavy bombing and strafing) did all the work here….and their leaders must be help accountable as war criminals for killing civilians.”

At the same time, Washington and its NATO partners turn a blind eye to atrocities in Bahrain, Egypt under military junta rule, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, other pro-Western rogue states, and Israel’s crimes of war and against humanity against Palestinians.

Nazemroaya and other independent journalists are endangered. As a result, they need exit help to leave. Their lives are literally on the line.

He said “(t)wo of Gaddafi’s sons have been arrested with some reports suggesting the leader himself is in a specialist cardiac unit in a town 14 kilometers east of (Tripoli). Following a night of chaos in the capital, crowds have gathered in the city’s central square waving revolutionary flags.”

On Sunday, Gaddafi appealed to Libyans to deter the rebel offensive, saying:

“It is the obligation of all Libyans. It is a question of life or death.”

He’s made past similar appeals. It bears observing. At most, hundreds of insurgents (as few perhaps as three or four hundred) now terrorize Tripoli because of heavy NATO support. Without it, they’d be easily routed.

The situation remains chaotic, violent and fluid. Events are fast-moving. What appears one way can shift quickly to another.

Moreover, Gaddafi isn’t at issue. Libyans will decide their fate, not him, TNC turncoats, insurgents, or NATO, though a long liberation struggle may lie ahead.

Nonetheless, a shameless August 22 White House statement said:

“The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.”

In fact, if justice prevailed, Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy, and other NATO war criminals would face international court prosecutions for waging war against humanity.

Ongoing ruthlessly for over six months against Libyans alone, it rages lawlessly out of control because justice humanity cries for is denied.

Unless gotten, people everywhere won’t be free. The stakes are that high.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/.

 

ARTICLE 2

 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Another Israeli False Flag?

 

Another Israeli False Flag? – by Stephen Lendman

Mossad and Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency) have long, odious histories of committing them. More on that below.

At issue now is whether the August 18 bus and other attacks inside Israel were committed by external elements or Israel, and if so, why?

Also at issue always is cui bono? In fact, Hamas and various Palestinian resistance groups have nothing to gain. Clearly Israel benefits greatly at least two ways:

(1) The upcoming September UN General Assembly vote on Palestinian self-determination Israel very much wants to derail.

(2) Weeks of nationwide internal social justice protests Netanyahu also wants to diffuse and end.

Both are compelling reasons for employing tried and true tactics – change the subject by diverting public attention.

In this case, scaring people enough to put safety above pocket book issues, as well as getting UN member states perhaps to rethink the wisdom of supporting Palestinian sovereignty at this time, with Israel allegedly under attack.

Whether it works will be known when the UN General Assembly meets in September. What’s clear is that last March, Israel informed all Security Council members and prominent EU countries that if Palestinian self-determination efforts within 1967 borders persisted, unilateral Israeli steps would follow, implying harsh ones.

In addition, diffusing social justice protests temporarily worked based on an August 18 Reuters report, saying:

Campaigners “called off planned weekend demonstrations against the high cost of living after a series of terror attacks in the south left seven people dead.”

Of concern is how to reignite protest energy after it wanes, even for a short time. Resumption often lacks initial levels of passion, mass support, and commitment to stay the course, especially when people have other daily priorities, besides worrying whether their country is under attack.

Add it up and it suggests classic false flag reasons, perhaps with planned follow-up attacks for reinforcement. They’re likely if Israel also has another objective in mind – using the attacks as pretext for Cast Lead II.

Israel blamed the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees (PRC – a coalition of resistance factions) for launching internal attacks.

PRC spokesman Abu Mujahid told AFP:

“We salute (the operation) and we are proud of it, but we do not claim it. The occupation wants to pin (it) on us in order to escape its own internal problems.”

Hamas also denied responsibility, spokesman Taher al-Nunu telling AFP:

“These (unfounded) accusations are an attempt to distract from the Israeli domestic crisis.”

As expected, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak pointed fingers, despite no corroborating evidence, saying:

“The source of the terror incidents is Gaza and we will act against them with all our strength and determination.”

Also as expected, New York Times coverage was pro-Israeli. On August 19, Heba Afify and Isabel Kershner headlined, “A Long Peace Is Threatened in Israel Attack,” saying:

“A cross-border terrorist attack and an Israeli retaliation (threatened) to undermine” peace with Egypt, with no evidence, except rhetoric, to suggest either.

Afify and Kershner implied Israel was right, saying “attackers were Palestinians from Gaza who had crossed into Israel from the Egyptian Sinai, an assertion Egypt rejected.”

Based on no evidence whatever, Israel’s scripted story is that Gaza-based “terror” operations “began weeks” earlier, likely “involv(ing) 10 to 15 terrorists,” entering Israel “with rifles, explosive belts, grenades, (and) heavier weapons.”

Yet Times writers didn’t question how they managed unspotted, given tight Israeli security and high-tech surveillance, assassinating children and farmers on the slightest pretext.

As for a “long peace,” there’s been none for decades. Daily, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and other human rights organizations document regular Israeli bombings, shellings, Cast Lead, Mavi Marmara and other massacres, shootings, targeted assassinations, other attacks, casualties, incursions, Gaza under siege, mass arrests, illegal settlement expansions, bulldozed homes, theft of Palestinian land, dispossessions, and overall Israeli lawlessness – enforcing militarized hell on Palestinians, not peace.

On August 19, PCHR discussed Israel’s response to internal August 18 attacks, saying:

Israeli forces “launched a series of air attacks against civilian-populated areas in the Gaza Strip,” including “extra-judicially executing Kamal al-Nairab, Secretary General of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), 4 PRC leaders and a two-year old child….”

Other strikes injured 23 Palestinians, including seven children, six women and three police officers.

On August 20, various news agencies said Israeli air attacks and shelling raised the death toll to 16 and counting. In response, Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades armed wing suspended its unilateral ceasefire, a spokesman saying:

“There can be no truce with the Israeli occupation while it commits massacres against the Palestinian people without justification.”

In fact, blaming victims, lawlessness, violence, crimes of war and against humanity, collective punishment, intimidation, attacking unarmed civilians, and overall brutality are Israeli specialties. Combined, they define a rogue state, defiant of international law principles, pursuing its own interests extrajudicially, and getting away with it.

Gazans now worry about a possible Cast Lead II, Israel using perhaps false flag attacks as pretext to launch it. Again, it’s the oldest trick in the book, Israel expert at it like America.

Previous Israeli Targeted Assassinations and False Flags

An Israeli specialty, they began well before 1948 during the Mandatory Palestine period when Jewish terrorist groups targeted Jews, Brits and Arabs. Involved were paramilitary Hagana members, Irgun headed by future prime minister Menachem Begin, and Lehi (also called the Stern Gang) led by another future prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir. They were rogue killers before entering politics.

In November 1944, Lehi assassinated Lord Moyne, Britain’s Middle East minister of state, near his home in Cairo.

In September 1948, it also killed UN mediator Folke Bernadotte in Jerusalem, five months after Israel was established. Yitzhak Shamir personally approved the assassination.

In July 1946, Irgun bombed the King David Hotel, massacring 92 Brits, Arabs and Jews, wounding 58 others, an operation future prime minister David Ben-Gurion approved as head of the Jewish Agency at the time.

Before and after May 1948, many thousands of targeted killings occurred or were attempted, most little remembered today except among relatives and their descendants.

Little wonder Israel’s history is so bloodstained, involving individual and mass killings, including on April 9, 1948 (during Israel’s “war of independence”) when Irgun, Lehi and complicit terrorists slaughtered well over 120 Palestinian men, women and children in the bloody Deir Yassin village massacre. On April 14, The New York Times reported 254 killed.

Post-1948, Palestinian supporters were targeted regionally and in Europe. Waves of successful and attempted assassinations occurred, notably against high-profile figures.

In 1954, Israeli agents in Egypt planted bombs in various buildings, including US and UK facilities, using evidence to implicate Arabs. The so-called Lavon Affair failed when a device prematurely detonated, letting Egyptians capture and identify one of the bombers. In turn, it led to rounding up an Israeli spy ring.

More recently, Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed in Dubai after two earlier failed attempts. Abu-Dhabi’s the National reported he was poisoned, drugged, and suffocated after previously surviving a failed shooting. Found dead in a Dubai hotel on January 20, 2010, police accused Mossad of murder.

Earlier incidents included Palestinians Abdel Wael Zwaiter, shot 11 times by Israeli agents in Rome after returning home from dinner. It was the first of dozens of retaliatory assassinations against persons suspected of involvement in the 1972 Munich summer Olympic killings of Israeli athletes, coaches and officials, allegedly by Black September members, a resistance, not a terrorist organization.

On June 14, 1980, Yahia El Meshad, then head of Iraq’s nuclear program, was found bludgeoned to death in his Paris hotel room. No one was arrested, but French authorities named Israeli intelligence.

On August 20, 1983, Mamoun Meraish was shot and killed while driving in Athens. Israeli agents were blamed.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Mossad was implicated in numerous Beirut and other car bombings, one of its specialities.

On January 6, 2007, Haaretz reported that newly released British documents claim Shin Bet collaborated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the hijacking of Air France 139 from Israel, diverted to Entebbe, Uganda.

Arab terrorists were falsely blamed. Elite Israeli commandos led by Yonatan Netanyahu, Bibi’s older brother, became instant heros for their “miraculous” rescue. An unnamed UK diplomat blamed Israel, saying:

“The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO’s standing in France and to prevent what (was seen as) growing rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans.”

British diplomat DH Colvin included information in the document that Israel and the PFLP collaborated. Haaretz said it “was written on June 30, 1976, three days after the hijacking and prior to the rescue operation.”

On September 25, 1997, two Mossad agents with forged Canadian passports attacked Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Jordan, spraying him with an unknown poison. He survived and recovered to explain.

In January 2002, a car bomb killed former Lebanese cabinet minister Elie Hobeika and three bodyguards. In 1982, he was involved in the infamous Sabra and Shatilla camp massacres. Days before his assassination, he expressed willingness to implicate then Defense Minister Ariel Sharon’s direct role. Clearly, Mossad killed him to prevent it.

In May 2002, Mossad murdered Mohammed Jihad Jibril, son of Ahmed Jibril, founder and head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

In August 2003, Mossad assassinated Ali Hassan Saheh, Hezbollah’s top security officer. Prime Minister Sharon ordered Meir Dagan, its head until January 1, 2011, to conduct assassinations abroad.

No explanation is needed for why Mossad exists. It functions as a de facto Murder, Inc. within or outside Israel, making Mafia families seem benign by comparison.

From 2002 – 2006, it was responsible for numerous car bombings, killing Hezbollah, Hamas, and other officials regionally.

On February 12, 2008, a car bomb killed Hezbollah member Imad Hugniyeh in Damascus. Mossad again was responsible.

On August 1, 2008, it killed Muhammad Suleiman, a Syrian army officer close to President Bashar al-Assad, shot by snipers offshore near his vacation villa.

Rafik Hariri’s Assassination

On February 14, 2005, compelling visual and audio evidence revealed real time intercepted Israel aerial surveillance footage of routes former Prime Minister Hariri used on the day his motorcade was attacked. Clearly, Israel was involved.

Washington blamed Syria. Assad denied responsibility. Hezbollah was later falsely named. It was a typical Mossad assassination though no one at the time knew for sure. The blast ripped a 30 foot crater in the street, injuring over 100 besides those killed.

An International Court of Justice (ICC) Special Tribunal (STL) investigated Hariri’s killing. On January 17, its sealed indictment was released, Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare saying the next day that the confidential document was important for the people of Lebanon, the international community, and “for those who believe in international justice.”

On June 30, arrest warrants for four Hezbollah members were issued. None were detained. At the time, Hezbollah said no arrests would be made, calling the tribunal a Washington/Israeli manipulated sham, covering up a classic Mossad operation.

On August 17, the 47-page indictment was released, holding Hezbollah members responsible based on falsified evidence. Those named include Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Salim Jamil Ayyash, Hussein Hassan Oneissi, and Assad Hassan Sabra. Badreddine was called the mission head.

No evidence proves it or that others named were involved. Clearly, Hezbollah had nothing to gain from the assassination but plenty to lose if, in fact, responsible.

A Final Comment

Later evidence may prove one way or the other whether Israel staged the multiple August 18 attacks. It has much to gain by doing so. Hamas, PFLP, and other Palestinians, however, have everything to lose, so why risk involvement? No advantage comes to mind.

In contrast, Israel has compelling reasons as explained above and may succeed precisely as planned. In fact, if Cast Lead II is intended, a trifecta of successes may follow. Palestinians and working Israelis, however, will suffer enormous defeats.

As a result, public awareness of what’s at stake is essential to derail Israel’s latest scheme. Failure to do so is an unacceptable option.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

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posted by Steve Lendman @ 12:59 AM

 

 

conclusion FROM READING lENDMAN’S ARTICLES by FELIX QUIGLEY

 

THESE 2 ARTICLES BY LENDMAN WERE WRITTEN WITHIN 2 DAYS OF EACH OTHER

 

THE ARTICLE ON LIBYA IS VERY CORRECT AND PERFORMS A USEFUL PURPOSE IN EXPOSING THE ROLE OF NATO TODAY

 

THE ARTICLE ABOUT ISRAEL IS TOTAL FASCIST ANTISEMITISM IN ACTION

 

My conclusion about all of this is that Lendman is probably too far gone to do anything about, but that the forces to defend Israel are nevertheless going to come out of the left. In other words the question is how Lendman is totally right on one, wrong on the other. I put this down largely to ideology, the ideas in peoples’ brains. And these ideas are largely picked up from the “Palestinian narrative”, a very complicated thing indeed, because it brings into play so many factors (here think Jewish traitors like the early Benny Morris and his myths about 1948, think Jewish traitors and liars today like Finkelstein, think an Israeli leadership of the state itself acting like toadies to US Imperialism, think the growth of bureaucracy inside Israel especially the IDF top leaders, think the depth and persistence of Hajj Amin el Husseini Nazi antisemitism, think US recruitment of the Nazis post 1945 and US elitist hatred of the Jews (Pollard), but above all think the absence in the situation of Trotskyism which in itself has the material for a whole book.